- Landmark award for Birmingham club
- Yardley & District praised by Chris Sigsworth
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Yardley & District have become the first club in Greater Birmingham to be awarded the prestigious new Rugby Football Union Club Accreditation.
The RFU Accreditation recognises the effort and achievement of volunteers in reaching the standard required in the development of rugby across the whole club, and to plan for the long term sustainability of the club and rugby union.
Clubs are assessed by the RFU and must demonstrate evidence of good practice in areas such as club management, player development and recruitment, child protection, sports equity, coaching, refereeing and volunteering.
The Rugby Football Union Club Accreditation scheme aims to help all rugby clubs in England become stronger, more effective, more efficient and more enjoyable places to play rugby.
Accreditation earns advantages like the Sport England Clubmark recognising the excellence of the club’s mini and youth section together with increased status and credibility with local authorities, educational establishments and potential sponsors.
“Yardley & District have received received great benefit from going through this process with some an action plan with ideas on how to recruit adult players, develop club links and develop coaches within the club and the club have already started to put these plans into action,” said Chris Sigsworth, the RFU Rugby Development Officer for Birmingham.
Yardley & District’s presentation was made at the club’s recent annual dinner and awards night. The presentation was made by North Midlands President Paul Kaminski to Lloyd Winters, who has led the club’s accreditation process, and club President Bill Worth.